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OPINION
June 22, 2012
Re "Credit card complaints to go public," June 19 The American Bankers Assn. is opposed to making the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's credit card complaint database information public because "it would be a public 'outing' of a bank's relationship with its customers based on 'incomplete, unrepresentative and unverified' data. " These same banks have no problems reporting incomplete, unrepresentative and unverified data to the various credit bureaus. The damage done to individuals' financial lives by incomplete, unrepresentative and unverified data in a credit report is far more severe and long-lasting than could possibly be the case for such data in the credit card complaint database.
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BUSINESS
September 6, 2013 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - Policy changes by two of the biggest players in the mortgage market could open doors to home purchases this fall by thousands of people who were hard hit by the housing bust and who thought they'd have to wait for years before owning again. Fannie Mae, the federally controlled mortgage investor, has come up with a "fix" designed to help large numbers of consumers whose short sales were misidentified as foreclosures by the national credit bureaus. Under previous rules, short-sellers would have to wait up to seven years before becoming eligible for a new mortgage to buy a house.
REAL ESTATE
May 26, 1991 | ELLEN JAMES MARTIN, THE BALTIMORE SUN
Looking to buy a home in the near future? Then take a serious look at your credit. "The mortgage lender is going to pull credit reports on you and those reports are going to weigh very heavily. These days, especially, you're going to have to answer for any credit screw-ups or difficulties," says Keith Gumbinger, of HSH Associates, a mortgage research company. Mortgage experts like Gumbinger say that it is smart to order copies of your credit reports at least a month before you seek a mortgage.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - In a policy switch that could be important to thousands of applicants seeking low-down-payment home mortgages, the Federal Housing Administration has rescinded tough new credit restrictions that had been scheduled to take effect Sunday. The policy change would have affected borrowers who have one or more collections or disputed-bill accounts on their national credit bureau files in which the aggregate amounts were $1,000 or more. Some mortgage industry experts estimate that if the now-rescinded rules had gone into effect, as many as 1 in 3 FHA loan applicants would have had difficulty being approved.
BUSINESS
December 14, 1994 | VIVIAN MARINO, ASSOCIATED PRESS
In the next few weeks, after the gifts have been opened, the tree taken down and party decorations packed away, some less cheery reminders of Christmas will linger as holiday bills arrive. Free spenders may find themselves unable to handle their mounting debts. But financial experts warn that falling behind with payments can be expensive and jeopardize future borrowing plans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1990 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Secret Service agents have uncovered a fraud ring that was funneling sensitive credit information out of the TRW Credit Data Division, one of the nation's largest credit bureaus, authorities said Friday. The investigation, conducted with the aid of TRW security personnel, is nearly complete, The Times has learned. Several sealed indictments have been obtained, according to the Secret Service, which investigates credit card fraud.
REAL ESTATE
October 4, 1998 | LEW SICHELMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Home buyers are no longer being penalized for searching long and hard for the best mortgage rate and terms. Now, thanks to a group of lenders who worked to persuade the three credit bureaus to change their method of rating mortgage applicants, you can scout around for the best deals until you are satisfied you can't do any better. "This is huge," says Ginny Ferguson, a Pleasanton, Calif., mortgage professional who led the assault as chairman of the National Assn.
REAL ESTATE
June 13, 1999 | KENNETH R. HARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When you've made your monthly home mortgage payment on time for years, you naturally assume that you've built up a good credit history. That credit report or history, in turn, can be crucial in helping you borrow money elsewhere, get a job or even get insurance. Yet large numbers of American homeowners are the unsuspecting victims of a little-known but growing trend among certain lenders: Their payment histories are being kept secret, never reported to any credit bureau.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2011 | By Kenneth R. Harney
New credit transparency standards imposed on lenders by mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae could affect your mortgage deal. As of Feb. 1, Freddie Mac began requiring lenders to dig back 120 days into your credit bureau files to detect any inquiries ? signs of your applying for credit anywhere else ? and then to check out whether any applications were approved. If they resulted in significant new debts, your lender might have to revise the terms or the rate you're being offered.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2013 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: I paid all of my old collection accounts except for two, which now are beyond the statute of limitations. I would like to find the best way to negotiate with the collection agencies without getting sued. Even though the original delinquency was over four years ago, the agencies are reporting these every month as current debt, which is really hurting my credit score. My intent is to offer a lump-sum settlement amount if they will remove the report from my credit file with the bureaus, or alternately in return for a "paid" notation on my report file.
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